Sunday, July 26, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Marvin J. Ashton
God made you to be you. He put you where you are in order to serve the people that surround you and to learn from those people. Of all the situations in life, the situation you are in is the very best situation for you.
The problem is that we look around at other people and begin to doubt God. Surely He made a mistake! We should be as energetic as a friend down the street or as pretty as the lady in the grocery store or able to sing like the next door neighbor. We think life would be so much better for us if our children behaved like our sister’s children or that our husband was as considerate as our best friend’s husband. We think we aren’t as capable as the friend who owns the boutique or as the cousin with the Master’s degree. We cower and hide the talents God has given us because we deem them not as good as what everyone else has. What a mistake. Just thinking those thoughts keeps us from discovering what we are supposed to be doing. But more than that thinking that way chokes the joy right out of life!
In 1 Peter 4:10 the King James Bible reads, “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” That same verse in the NRSV Bible reads, “Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.” And the NIV reads, “”Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms."
Between these three translations, you can’t miss the message. Whatever God has given YOU, use it to bless the lives of others. Don’t fret about whether you have more or less or would be better off with something different. The truth is that you have all you need to do what you were sent here to do. So USE it. If you are a good listener, listen. If you have a sense of humor, laugh. If you have a beautiful smile, share it. If you see these wonderful things in others instead of coveting write a note and thank them for making your life better by sharing. If you are healthy, serve others who aren’t. If you struggle with relationships, ask God what you are to learn from it. The list goes on and on. There is a reason and a purpose for everything. Don’t waste time fretting about it. Learn from it. Grow from it. Use it to bless others!It really is great to be you!
Jacob 2:17 Think of your abrethren like unto yourselves, and be familiar with all and free with your bsubstance, that cthey may be rich like unto you.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Voice of the Prophet"I am a rough stone. The sound of the hammer and chisel was never heard on me nor never will be. I desire the learning and wisdom of heaven alone."
Joseph Smith, June 11, 1843
The Prophet's Eternal View
"…I have a father, brothers, children, and friends who have gone to a world of spirits. They are only absent for a moment. They are in the spirit, and we shall soon meet again……When we depart, we shall hail our mothers, fathers, friends, and all whom we love, who have fallen asleep in Jesus……it will be an eternity of felicity." --LDS Church History, Vol. VI, p.316
Could you gaze into Heaven five minutes, you would know more than you would by reading all that was ever written on the subject" - Sermon, October 9, 1843
Get Ye Understanding...In the beginning God didn't rest until He created man in His own image. In the end He won't rest until man creates in himself the likeness of God.
Joseph Smith, Jr.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Our memories are based on our level of understanding of others. Its only when we put our own wants aside we truly can have better memories. Don't let the good memories pass you by because you can only see the bad!
Brian Haskan (SA friend, retired military)